On this day: October 26

Published On: Oct 25 2012 02:17:52 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 26 2016 01:00:00 AM CDT

The Erie Canal opens, the Pony Express closes, Wyatt Earp shoots it out in Tombstone, and the Patriot Act is signed into law, all on this day.

OTD October 26 - King George III
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1775: King George III of Great Britain in his Speech from the Throne at the opening of Parliament declares the American colonies in rebellion, and authorizes a military response to quell the American Revolution.

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